Earlier this month, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced the 2020-2021 Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellows. Ed Lowe (above), Oneonta city manager, was among those selected.
The 40 Fellows represent a variety of disciplines and backgrounds and will participate in the second class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute. The class includes professionals who live and/or work in the region in civil service, healthcare, tourism, and a variety of public and private sectors.
In an online introduction to this year’s class, the ARC stated that the current class of Fellows “represent a spectrum of sectors and experiences from across Appalachia’s 13 states. Each Fellow brings a unique perspective on the region’s diverse economic developmental challenges, opportunities, and strategies. Together, they will lead Appalachia’s future.”
As an Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow, Lowe will participate in an extensive, nine-month series of skill-building seminars featuring regional experts, peer-to-peer learning, and case study analysis from now through July 2021. Due to the COVID crisis, this year’s program will remain online until further notice.
• Designing effective economic development project proposals.
• Integrating community assets into long-lasting economic development strategies.
• Identifying resources available to spur economic development.
• Locating and accessing investment capital from a variety of public and private sources.
• Preparing competitive applications for public grant opportunities.
• Using expanded leadership skills to create strong coalitions.
“Congratulations to the new class of Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellows,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. “The skills development and network-building opportunities offered by this program have proven to be valuable, and this past year has shown that effective local leadership is essential. This program has adjusted well to the present circumstance and offers a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from those who have provided leadership for their communities through difficult circumstances.”
Upon completion of the program, Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellows will automatically become part of the Appalachian Leadership Institute Network, a peer-to-peer working group committed to Appalachia’s future.
Oneonta Mayor Ross Norris said that Lowe’s fellowship is a tremendous opportunity for Lowe as well as the city and region. “Ed was selected from a very competitive application process,” he said. “He was one of 40 applicants out of 100 chosen to attend the Appalachian Leadership Institute. The leadership skills he will gain from participation in this program and connecting with other Appalachian leaders will benefit the city of Oneonta and our region in Appalachia.”
Appalachia is a 205,000-square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
“Appalachia’s future relies on leaders coming from a variety of sectors, backgrounds, and communities,” Thomas said. “The Appalachian Leadership
Institute will help these leaders enhance and refine their skills, share their expertise, and prepare their communities for success.”
The Appalachian Leadership Institute is a comprehensive regional leadership training program developed by the ARC in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy; Tuskegee University; and Collective Impact. More information about the Appalachian Leadership Institute is available at leadership.arc.gov.
The ARC (www.arc.gov) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.